The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat - by Bob Drury. November , the Korean Peninsula: After General MacArthur ignores Mao's warnings and pushes his UN forces deep into North Korea, his 10, First. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. The authors of the bestselling Halsey's Typhoon do a fine job recounting one brutal, small-unit action during the .
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Shelves: non-fiction , reviewed This remarkable book tells the unbelievable story of a small company of Marines fighting to hold open a mountain pass in Korea. Out-numbered and out-gunned, these Marines hold off 10, Chinese soldiers determined to overtake the Toktong Pass near the Choisin Resevoir. The story of their eight day battle is a moving account of bravery and of sacrifice. Drury and Clavin have given the reader a riveting day-by-day picture of the efforts of this extraordinary group of soliders. The narrative is This remarkable book tells the unbelievable story of a small company of Marines fighting to hold open a mountain pass in Korea.
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Of all the accounts of specific battles of the Korean War, none are more vivid, riveting, and intense as the one described in The Last Stand of Fox Company: The authors place you right there with the Marines on Fox Hill in one of the most gallant, heroic stands of the Korean War. To be sure, the authors describe the horrors of those days and nights on Fox Hill from the perspective of the men who fought, survived, and died there.
You shiver when you read how cold it was for the men; you almost can hear the bullets whizzing overhead, smell the cordite in the air and breathe a sigh of relief when the men of Fox Company survive another night. The authors excel in their detailed accounts of battle that allows readers to have some basic understanding of what it was like for the Marines on the hill as they fought to stay alive, surviving one attack after another, until help arrived.
In , as a feature writer for the Korea Times, the oldest English language newspaper in Korea, I had the honor to meet two of the men who survived that ordeal: General ret. Davis talked about how treacherous it was for him to lead his men, the ridgerunners, over those frozen, craggy ridges to rescue Fox Company.
The soft-spoken Davis, stopped a few times as he recalled that mission and that night, his voice filled with emotion when he described how the sudden appearance of a star in the sky on that very dark night was a sign that he and his men would reach the beleaguered men of Fox Company and survive that night as well as how he hoped he could return to Hagaru-ri one day and bring back the Marines still buried there.
I am not a Marine and I don't imagine that I ever will be. However, I don't think you need to be a Marine to appreciate the story of heroism and brotherhood that is this book.
This is not a book that glorifies war or attempts to justify war in any way. There is nothing political about it. Throughout this book the experiences I am not a Marine and I don't imagine that I ever will be. Throughout this book the experiences of several Marines are woven together so that the reader can gain an understanding, or at least an appreciation, of the hardships that soldiers endure at the request of their country.
I would like to say that this book was over dramatized, but can you overdramatize war? Obviously the author had some holes to fill. Part of being a great story teller is not so much lying about what happened, but making what did happen more accessible.
A lot of the imagery was well written and I was able to connect with the people in the story through the descriptions of the harsh winter and brutal combat.
The ending really got me. Okay, so I was pretty choked up. Overall, this was an enduring story that took me almost a year to finally finish. I wish I would have just focused on one book at a time, but I did finish this one and I am better for the experience. Much love to the Men and Women of our Military. This was a harrowing account of a battle location that held strategic importance for the rear movement of the American Forces leaving the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War.
Some of these young men lost their lives in a place far away that is all but forgotten today by the vast majority of Americans. This story is of Fox Company This was a harrowing account of a battle location that held strategic importance for the rear movement of the American Forces leaving the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. I would have preferred a better detail account along the story line of where the big picture laid and less negative comments about MacArthur though not enough negativity in my view could ever be expressed toward Ned Almond.
For people that enjoy reading military history and specific engagements then this would be a good book for you. It is graphic, real, and forces a person to revisit the horrors of Korea before the years of Vietnam and after the conclusion of the Second World War. View all 4 comments. Aug 29, K. Weiland rated it really liked it.
One of the points this book makes is that the Korean War is often overlooked altogether, particularly in comparison to its "big brother" WWII. This was certainly the case for me. Historical wars are of particular interest for me, but what I've read about Korea could fill a teaspoon. Not only was this book a fascinating primer on the subject, it is also an incredibly good tale in its own right. The authors do a great job of interweaving the soldiers' personal stories with the overall schematics of One of the points this book makes is that the Korean War is often overlooked altogether, particularly in comparison to its "big brother" WWII.
The authors do a great job of interweaving the soldiers' personal stories with the overall schematics of the battle itself. In many ways, it reminded me of Stephen Ambrose's spectacular Band of Brothers. Definitely worth the read for anyone interested in warfare and particularly the conflict in Korea. I've ranted about crappy editing in military works for years.
Now, I need to add clueless book narrators to the mix. I may read this in print someday, but I couldn't listen to the reader mispronounce "X Corps" and "Garland rifle" after the first disc.
Apr 13, Nicholas Maulucci rated it liked it. If you like war books, this one on the Fox Company from the Korean War is a good one. Recommended for avid war book readers not afraid of the graphic.
Sep 27, Jack rated it it was amazing Shelves: I finished this one in record time. Nothing is more thrilling than reading about those surrounded by vastly superior numbers holding on by a thread and ultimately winning.
Oh yeah, throw in an extreme winter to top it off. No one truly knows how many Chinese soldiers perished during the siege of approximately 1 week.
One to three thousand Chinese died attempting to throw the Marines off the hill I finished this one in record time. One to three thousand Chinese died attempting to throw the Marines off the hill. Unfortunately for them, they were not prepared for the stubbornness or firepower of a Marine Rifle Company. The setting is the drive to the Yalu. Red China has broadcast warnings to the UN that it will intervene if the drive continues. The drive continues and Marshall Peng's "volunteer" army streams South.
The Chinese are superb at avoiding detection yet the Americans have warnings of a new player on the street. Unfamiliar prisoners speaking a different language appear. The firefights are not with retreating North Korean soldiers but with someone else who is far more proficient.
The South Koreans catch a few of these new soldiers and appear very afraid of them. They should be. They have plenty of experience and they are well armed thanks to all the US weaponry they captured from the surrendering and retreating Chinese Nationalist Army.
Worst of all, these are Manchurian soldiers well acquainted with the harsh winter climate. They favored night attacks and flowed around the UN flanks. The UN forces with their drive to the Yalu was becoming a potential rout of their forces. Enter the Marines of Fox Company. Fox Hill was located behind the retreating Marine Division. If Fox fell, the Marines would be cut more than they already were.
The Chinese expected to easily subdue the single company with a battalion of soldiers. The night attack caught the Marines by surprise but the Marines had a few surprises of their own.
Most were well trained and experienced from their Inchon landings. Also they were well led by combat veterans from the Pacific Crucible. Battalion after battalion broke upon the Marine riflemen. The Marines held while the retreating Marines aka the Ridgerunners began a night breakout from their isolated position in the North to link up with Fox Company. It was completed in one night.
The retreating Marines were surprised to see massive piles of bunkering in front of each Fox rifle foxhole. Upon closer inspection they were horrified to see that the Fox soldiers had used Chinese corpses to fortify their rifle positions. Marines could not step on the ground because of the massive piles of dead Chinese soldiers. Aug 19, Jennifer Harper rated it it was amazing.
The TV show MASH brought the Korean War into the living rooms of millions, but if you want to know what it was like for the soldiers on the field, this book is a must read. It is a testament to the indomitable human spirit and tells the tale of how ordinary young men, most of them teenagers, rose up against seemingly insurmountable odds to become heroes.
Bob Drury and Tom Clavin provide a revealing glimpse into the life of a Marine grunt. You can feel the bitter cold, the pain, the hunger of the The TV show MASH brought the Korean War into the living rooms of millions, but if you want to know what it was like for the soldiers on the field, this book is a must read.
You can feel the bitter cold, the pain, the hunger of the men, live those horrifying days of attack with them in these pages as they experience the bittersweet highs and the horrendous losses.
If you are interested in military history--or if you simply want to find out what the life of a combat solider is like--then this book should be on your shelf. Sep 11, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: An amazing and horrific account! For those of us whose awareness of the Korean War comes mostly from watching Alan Alda and Loretta Swift like me , this book is a must read.
I feel a bit foolish admitting that I had no idea what this war was about, and I certainly was even more clueless about Fox Company and what those Marines faced, endured, and survived.
I "read" this as an audiobook. The narrator sounded like an news anchor from the 50s, but his gruff style was effective in portraying Marine An amazing and horrific account! The narrator sounded like an news anchor from the 50s, but his gruff style was effective in portraying Marines.
Semper fi. Apr 27, Wally rated it it was amazing. I am amazed that this story isn't taught to our children in school.
How did we get to the point where we forgot the heroism of our ancestors? This story of courage and dedication make me proud of my heritage as an American and ashamed that I am just now finding out about it.
How could I be so blind to not have learned about what our educators have worked so hard to discredit? Jul 22, Bethanyweed rated it it was amazing. And suddenly I'm interested in the Korean War! So much respect and admiration. The story of Fox Company, who was required to hold one stupid hill at all costs-for days-through below freezing conditions and constant attack by an innumerable enemy Jun 12, Granny rated it did not like it Shelves: While I appreciate the extremity of war, the fears and horrors soldiers face, I quit the book after about a quarter of it because of the profanity and repeated taking the Lord's name in vain.
Jan 08, Joshua Emil rated it really liked it Shelves: He Col.
Moving his wounded was a major consideration, but so was tactical strategy. It's probably better to keep it while we've got it. The colonel asked one more time if Fox Company would if it could fulfill its mission.
The answer became seared in the legacy of the U. Marine Corps: For both men, there was nothing more to say. Italics and text in parentheses supplied What a way to kick-off the new year. To start with an inspiring story of courage, sacrifice, and the will to survive. This is a 4. It could be improved because there are some technical inconsistencies. These can be excused after all the intent is to tell the story of the men on Fox Hill.
The battle ended as a withdrawal of UN Forces in that sector but it brought substantial damage to the Chinese Communist Forces. It was, therefore, a Pyrrhic victory for the latter. MacArthur envisioned a drive towards the Yalu River, the Chinese border. He failed to anticipate the Chinese intervention because of its weakened state in the aftermath of the Chinese Civil War.
On approach to the Chosin, US marines and soldiers were slowing down to prevent over extending the supply lines and to anticipate the onset of winter. Equally, they were scattered on a wide real estate. This did not sit well with Major General Oliver P. Smith Commanding General, 1 Mar Div. He told his superiors in X Corps and MacArthur's Headquarters in Japan that his marines are ineffective if not consolidated.
It fell on deaf ears. Little did he and his company know that they would play a vital role in the campaign by decimating the onslaught of a Chinese regiment. This regiment could not dislodge the Marines on the hill thus upsetting their hopes to split the marines in the north and south.
I cannot help but praise the dedication to stand and fight until relieved entirely. The harassing sniper fires, the relentless charges brought by numerical superiority, and cut off on an inhospitable and untenable terrain would be enough causes to abandon post and fight another day.
Nevertheless, they held that damned hill in order to maintain that supply route for their fellow marines in the north and south. I have seen last stands of modern war portrayed in film. Seeing them brings romanticism despite finding nothing romantic about it.
Jun 30, Jeff Jellets rated it it was amazing Shelves: We either hold this hill … or everybody dies. In November , a noose was tightening around the necks of U. Marine and Army forces fighting on the Korean peninsula. The troops, which had routed the North Korean military and were advancing steadily northward to the Yalu River, appeared poised to take complete control of North Korean territory.
Hundreds of thousands of Chinese soldiers had slipped into the frozen We either hold this hill … or everybody dies. Hundreds of thousands of Chinese soldiers had slipped into the frozen mountains of North Korea and lay in wait for American forces. As the trap closed, U. For the U. Marines fighting in the Chosin Reservoir, salvation lay through a treacherous mountain range and the Toktong Pass, a strategically vital choke point on the road south, held open by a meager Marines and navy corpsmen of Fox Company.
Authors Drury and Clavin dig right into the trenches of the battlefield, offering a gritty account of the battle that rings like a heavyweight championship bout, round after round of punches echoing off the frozen landscape.
In addition to giving an amazingly detailed — yet easily readable — account of the conflict, Drury and Clavin also dig deep into the men who fought amid the snow and rock. Mar 18, Andrew Downing rated it it was amazing. This book changed my attitude towards life. I have schizophrenia and look for inspiration to tackle my daily obstacles well and this story provided the lift that I was seeking.
I take large quantities of powerful sedatives everyday. My liver is at risk and my body is exhausted nearly everyday. I have taken mg of punishing meds for over fifteen years and have been hospitalized twice. Oh well, I didn't need to survive Fox Hill!!! Thank you veterans for your service and strength.
Your sacrifice This book changed my attitude towards life. Your sacrifice and dedication helps me move forward in a positive manner. Thanks to the writers of this book for your wonderful attention to detail. Fantastic job. The battle field accounts were incredible. I can't imagine how many interviews you must have endured and pursued to write such an accurate eyewitness account from a broad perspective of soldiers involved in the conflict. My son has been seriously ill on and off for most of his 4 years on earth with asthma complications.
I was recently in the ER with him while reading this book. I was able to feel blessed in the hospital because nobody was shooting at me and it was warm. I had food in my stomach.
What more should I ask for? My son was in good hands because of our country's freedoms. I am so thankful for all that we have in this country and grateful to the Marines for their incredible tenacity and sacrifice they endured in Korea so that our country can continue to live as we please.
Dec 27, Alan Kaplan rated it it was amazing. This was unknown to the United States. Fox Company controlled the essential road that would allow other besieged US troops to retreat. Thru multiple days of ferocious attacks and mind numbing cold, Fox Company held Toktong Pass and saved thousands and thousands of Marines from imprisonment and annihilation.
Temperatures were between 10 and 30 degrees below zero continually during the battle. While battling what seemed to be an unlimited number of Chinese attacks, the men also suffered from virtually no medical attention and frostbite. Most Americans do not know about this battle, but to the Marines, it ranks with Iwo Jima and Bellieu Woods as the most important battles in the over year history of the Marine Corps. Read this book to see what uncommon courage becoming a common virtue is all about.
Apr 04, Bill Conrad rated it really liked it. I was intrigued with the history and historical facts they brought to life. It surprised me how ingenious the enemy was. I was impressed by how much better the enemy were adapted to the cold and how superior their equipment was. I was also impressed with how hard the Americans fought and what lengths they had to endure to survive.